Transfer Student Options – Waivers and CAA Direct Access
Students who transfer into a public school in their 11th or 12th grade year have the opportunity to qualify for graduation without taking a state exam.
Do transfer students need to take a state high school exam to graduate?
Depending on the transfer student’s situation, there are two possible alternatives:
- A student who transfers from another state
in the 11th or 12th grade may apply to receive a waiver of the
graduation requirement if the student has previously passed another state’s
high school exam. The waiver does not grant the student a Certificate of
Academic Achievement (CAA).
- A student who transfers into a public
school in the 11th or 12th grade from out of state or from an in-state
non-public school setting (private or home school) is eligible for direct
access to the
CAA Options without taking a state exam first. A student who
submits a waiver application also automatically has direct access to the CAA
How do you apply for a transfer student waiver or direct access to CAA Options?
A school counselor or other staff member at the student’s school will
complete the transfer student application and send it to OSPI. The application
should include documentation of the school or program that the student is
transferring from and the student’s scores on the other state’s exam (if
Who is eligible for the transfer student waiver or direct access to CAA
Students who transfer into a Washington public school in the 11th or 12th
grade from out of state or from an in-state non-public school setting are
eligible for the Transfer Student Options. Also, New Non-English Proficient
(NNEP) students in the 11th and 12th grades, after their year of exemption from
the state assessment, are eligible for direct access to CAA Options in reading
and writing only.
What does direct access to CAA Options mean?
A student who is eligible for direct access to the
CAA Options may use one of
those alternatives to meet the
assessment graduation requirement without having
to take the HSPE/EOC.